MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics

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Program Description

Earn your MEd focused in mathematics from Concordia

In any equation, you’ll always be able to solve for x—but how you teach that is constantly changing. Between evolving state standards, new digital math games, and advances in technology, earning a master’s degree has never been more valuable. Concordia University-Portland’s MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics addresses developmental learning, acquiring proficiency, problem-solving, and demonstrating understanding in mathematics for all children. In one year, you can enhance your skills in showing anyone that they can be a math person.

What you'll study

  • An overview of the principles set forth by the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics.
  • A foundation for the teaching and learning of measurement and geometry.
  • Transformational learning and teaching that meets the needs of all learners.
  • How to develop a foundation for the teaching and learning of algebraic concepts, data analysis, and probability.

Featured Courses

Foundational Mathematics Concepts

This course presents an overview of the principles set forth by the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics and is designed for teaching all learners: Equity, Curriculum, Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. In the study of the historical perspective and the theoretical foundations of mathematical teaching, close attention is given to the connection between theorists and practical application in the classroom. Emphasis is placed on transformational learning based on a developmental, constructivist approach.

Learning and Teaching Measurement and Geometry

This course will guide teachers in the development of a foundation for the teaching and learning of measurement and geometry through transformational learning based on a developmental, constructivist approach. Numbers and operations are woven into the study of measurement and geometry in a meaningful, integrated manner. Emphasis is placed on student and teacher thinking, lesson planning, transformational teaching methods, the use of technology as an integral part of teaching and learning math, and assessment.

Learning and Teaching Algebraic Concepts, Data Analysis, and Probability

This course will guide teachers in the development of a foundation for the learning and teaching of algebraic concepts, data analysis, and probability through transformational learning based on a developmental, constructivist approach. Emphasis is placed on student and teacher processing of algebra, on lesson planning, transformational teaching methods, the use of technology as an integral part of teaching and learning math, and assessment.

Transformative Mathematics in the Differentiated Classroom

The course addresses transformational teaching and learning that meets the needs of all learners through a developmental, constructivist approach. Emphasis on setting up the classroom, getting to know the learners, assessing learning styles and needs, differentiated teaching strategies including interactive age-appropriate games and manipulatives, and providing anchor activities to solidify learning. Technology is considered an integral part of teaching and learning math in the differentiated classroom and will include the strategic use of technology resources.

Why Curriculum & Instruction

Our Mathematics concentration falls under the umbrella of our MEd in Curriculum & Instruction because we want you to have the skills you need to enhance learning in your school not just today, but for a lifetime. Designed to help you meet your personal and professional goals, this degree gives you the expertise to plan, implement, and assess what’s best for your school—all while enhancing your skills in mathematics.

Why Concordia

As innovators in the field of learning, Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education has been empowering teachers for over a century and continues to influence education from prenatal to the doctoral level. In fact, our College of Education is housed in the flagship school of our new educational model, known as 3toPhD®. The same bold minds behind this innovative prototype are also those shaping our ongoing educational research, undergraduate and graduate programs. We’re growing our community of professional educators to advance learning at every stage—join us.

Scholarship Availability

We offer up to $3,000 in scholarships, and right now, you may qualify for free textbooks.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application.
  • Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college/university with posted bachelor’s or master’s degree. For your convenience, please sign the transcript release form if you would like Concordia University-Portland to request official transcripts on your behalf.
  • Work History Form or résumé showing work experience.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher.
  • Statement of Intent, 475-600 words in length. The content and the clarity of writing will be assessed in the admission process. Please respond to the following prompts individually, and number each response:
    • Briefly introduce yourself to the Graduate Admissions Office and College of Education teams by discussing your professional background and your interest in pursuing your desired program of study at Concordia (approx. 75-100 words).
    • Describe your professional goals and their alignment with your chosen program and to Concordia’s overall mission. Illustrate how your strengths and experiences have prepared you for success in the program (approx. 200–250 words).
    • Discuss an immediate, real-world challenge in the professional field to which your degree aligns (e.g. PreK-12 education, higher education, corporate training). Provide an example. What action should educators or professionals take to address this challenge? (approx. 200–250 words)
    • For candidates who earned under a 2.80 GPA, please explain what led to the low GPA and how you will succeed in an academically challenging graduate program today.
Last updated Dec 2019

About the School

If education is your passion, this is your university. One of the most respected names in learning today, Concordia University–Portland is reshaping the way the world views teachers and students. We o ... Read More

If education is your passion, this is your university. One of the most respected names in learning today, Concordia University–Portland is reshaping the way the world views teachers and students. We offer education degree programs at every level – many of which can be earned online – from a Bachelor in Education to master and doctorate degree programs. Read less